The French Revolution: Rethinking the Debate

The French Revolution: Rethinking the Debate

The French Revolution: Rethinking the Debate

The French Revolution: Rethinking the Debate


This is the first short introductory history of the French Revolution which covers social, economic and cultural aspects of the period as well as intellectual and political matters. It:* combines interpretative narrative with thematic analysis* incorporates traditional and recent studies into a new synthesis* engages in past and present controversies* concentrates equally on the popular classes and the privileged elites. The French Revolution provides students with an accessible and challenging resume of the revolution and its historians.


Historical Connections is a new series of short books on important historical topics and debates, written primarily for those studying and teaching history. The books will offer original and challenging works of synthesis that will make new themes accessible, or old themes accessible in new ways, build bridges between different chronological periods and different historical debates, and encourage comparative discussion in history.

If the study of history is to remain exciting and creative, then the tendency to fragmentation must be resisted. The inflexibility of older assumptions about the relationship between economic, social, cultural and political history has been exposed by recent historical writing, but the impression has sometimes been left that history is little more than a chapter of accidents. This series will insist on the importance of processes of historical change, and it will explore the connections within history: connections between different layers and forms of historical experience, as well as connections that resist the fragmentary consequences of new forms of specialism in historical research.

Historical Connections will put the search for these connections back at the top of the agenda by exploring new ways of uniting the different strands of historical experience, and by affirming the importance of studying change and movement in history.

David Blackbourn

Geoffrey Crossick

John Davis

Joanna Innes

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